Shortly after, Giordano sent another letter upon learning that an “unrelated second Albany Avenue staff member” also tested positive for the virus. According to the letter, the second staff member was recently involved in staff development sessions at Albany Avenue, Harding Avenue and William Rall Elementary Schools.
As a result, school officials determined the safest option was to close all three schools and to have all classes be taught remotely on Monday while the investigation by the Department of Health is conducted. Health officials will also be working to on contact tracing and informing those who have been in close contact with the staff members who tested positive.
“The Department of Health has been notified and will begin a contact tracing investigation; however, at this time based on the late hour, neither the district nor the local health department have enough information to accurately determine the impact of that staff member’s exposure to the school community,” Giordano wrote in the letter.